Outdoors

Adventure briefs for Aug. 30

Conservation

Dam smolt recovery topic of program

Mike Kohn, a fish biologist with Lewis County Public Utilities District, will give a program Thursday on the salmon recovery efforts at Cowlitz Falls Dam. He will be speaking at a meeting of the South Sound Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.

Kohn will talk about downstream fish passage and smolt recovery at the dam. The dam is the uppermost of four dams on the Cowlitz River and generates enough electricity for 30 percent of the district’s customers.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. with the program at 8 p.m. at Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the chapter at sschapterpsa.com.

Environment

Volunteers needed for restoration work

The Mount Rainier National Park Associates will hold its annual meadow revegetation work party Sept. 12. Volunteers will assist the Mount Rainier National Park ecological restoration crew in planting wildflower seedlings at a former campground area near Sunrise.

Volunteers should be prepared for almost any fall weather. In addition to a sun hat, sunscreen and rain gear, bring a lunch, plenty of fluids to drink, gardening gloves and a hand digging tool you like to use. The park will provide small hand tools. Most of the work will be on your hands and knees, so you should bring some kind of protection for your knees.

The work site is about a mile hike from the Sunrise parking lot, so plan on carrying everything you need.

If you plan to join the work party, send an email to volunteer@mrnpa.org an include the number of volunteers joining you.

Free camping for volunteers is available in the White River Campground on Sept. 11-12. To reserve a site, send an email to ian_harvey@partner.nps.gov by Saturday. Be sure to indicate you will be participating in the work party, which nights you want to camp and how many sites you will need.

Education

Grant will partially fund pilot school program

The South Sound Estuary Assocation recently received a grant to develop a pilot program. The $5,000 will help fund an on-the-water marine education program for schoolchildren. The sessions will focus on ocean acidification, water quality and microplastics.

The budget from the pilot is $6,400. The association is seeking sponsorships of $250 or more to cover the remaining amount.

Learn more at sseacenter.org.

Arts

Outdoor painters will visit Olympic Peninsula

Olympic National Park is hosting Paint the Peninsula, a plein air painting competition Sept. 7-13. The event will feature 27 selected plein air artists who will paint outdoors over the week to capture the peninsula’s scenic beauty.

Visitors can watch the painters as they work. For location information, call the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center at 360-457-3532.

The public also can meet with the artists and park staff at a reception to be held at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center at 1203 E. Lauridsen Boulevard Sept. 8. The free reception will be from 6-8 p.m.

The finished paintings will be displayed daily and will be for sale Sept. 8-19 at the fine arts center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

For more information, go to paintthepeninsula.org.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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